GEN 1 Mohawk Counterweight

Mohawk with Team Wendy Helmet

Among the worst of problems when you start out in Night Vision Equipment is becoming accustomed to the oddity of wearing a helmet with what is essentially a heavy unicorn horn hanging off the front. It is in no way natural to have something heavy on your head to start with, and pulling one direction makes it worse. It takes time for the muscles in your neck to adapt, and it can be a painful experience.

Removable battery tray

But if you are going to run goggles, you have to get through it. Just like wearing armor or a ruck, time will help. But there is another option now on the table, from our friends over at Primary Arms. The new Mohawk Counterweight system. This is a great leap forward, and just about the best $79.00 you can spend on helmet upgrades.

Velcro attachment

The concept isn’t totally new. Soldiers started velcroing dive weights to the back of helmets decades ago. Having a balanced weight in the back to offset the front goggle weight does help, experience shows that to be true. Just like the way carrying a fuel can in each hand, even if it increases your total load, can be easier than carrying just one. A balanced load on your head is easier on the neck, and long term less likely to lead to real problems.

The Mohawk is a pretty simple concept. It is a Velcro sleeve that mounts to the back on your helmet and runs up the rear toward the top. It offers a variety of options for balancing against a set of NODS. Inside is the option for either extra batteries (a great method of also carrying extra supplies), or included flexible lead weight strips.

Included weights

This is a great set of options. The lead weights are .25 pounds each, which lets you really dial in the balance. Or, if you just want to run batteries, it is a very handy resupply that also reduces strain. The strip running up the helmet has Velcro on the outside too, for strobe attachment if that is your jam. It also has shock cord loops for tourniquet storage if you don’t.

Rock solid weight retention

The Mohawk also has attachment points to help with cable management, if you are running comms or a larger battery box. The Gen 1 Mohawk is very much made to offset PVS-14 style goggles, but the battery tray is also removable and will support the battery box of a GPNVG-18. Gen 2 and 3 Mohawks are also available specific to other goggle styles, with features appropriate for those.  

Available in multiple color schemes, this one is a must have if you are going bump in the night. Extremely well-built, this is an add on that won’t let you down. I have been very, very happy with mine, and recommend it highly. Neck pain can put you down hard, as well as lead to long-term trouble. Balancing the load is an excellent preventive, and something that should be on your radar.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website,

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  • Steve G June 5, 2023, 4:02 pm

    I use these. They are handy. You can also put a power bank in them for use with an iRayUSA MH-25.

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